These five new dental equipment and supplies made a big impact on the industry this past year and are worthy of another look here.
Throughout the day, dental teams reach for a variety of tools and supplies. These pieces of equipment help dental professionals do their jobs and do them well. This is why it is important to choose the best supplies that fit your practice’s workflow. Our list of the top equipment and supplies of 2021 includes entries from across the spectrum—a handpiece, loupes, and even a wearable HVE tip.
Fusion Anterior Matrix System
Designed specifically for the needs of anterior restorations, the Fusion™ Anterior Matrix System features a variety of refinements to help clinicians quickly re-create ideal interproximal anatomy. The kit contains 2 sizes of metal bands and 4 sizes of wedges. At just 0.0015 in, the bands are thinner in order to facilitate better interproximal contact. The bands are manufactured with stainless steel, making them resistant to deformation both during placement and while compressing composite into the preparation.
ErgoFinger® is a disposable, finger-attached HVE tip that is designed to reduce the physical stress a dental professional may experience when working without an assistant. The wearable tool also improves aerosol and splatter control during procedures. The ErgoFinger HVE Tip features a nozzle bore size of 11 mm that reduces aerosol contamination from the oral cavity and eliminates fluid and debris when a clinician is performing instrumentation procedures without an assistant. Each package contains 50 pieces of finger-cup, sizes S-M or L-XL with attached nozzle, and 50 pieces of tube.
Ti-Max Z95L Switch Valve
The Ti-Max Z95L handpiece features a spray switch that allows users to instantly switch between water spray or water jet functions. This is designed to offer maximum protection while still contributing to cooling. The addition of the switch valve, which turns off the coolant air, allows contra-angle handpieces to reduce water aerosols by as much as 50%. The water jet (water only) is an alternative cooling function for the water spray during procedures.
The A.S.A.P.® Dailies polishing system provides all-surface access for direct or indirect restorations, is designed for multiuse in a single day, and delivers consistent performance after multiple sterilization cycles. The diamond-impregnated polishers create a high luster on most restorative materials, eliminating the need for stocking inventory of multiple systems to polish different substrates. The A.S.A.P. Dailies technique is fast and simple and does not require the use of a polishing paste.
Aerosol Protection Loupes
Aerosol Protection Loupes from Designs for Vision feature silicone eyecups to protect users’ eyes from aerosol spray and splatter. The eyecups are described as soft, lightweight, and comfortable. They are designed to provide a complete, tight orbital seal, and attach to the frame via magnets for easy removal for cleaning and disinfecting. Each features adjustable spring hinges and wire core temples for a precise and stable fit.